When Should Your Child Start Using Toothpaste?

Questions about when your child should start using toothpaste? We have tips!

Parents know that brushing teeth is the best way to keep mouths healthy and teeth strong! An important step in oral health, brushing the teeth uses a toothbrush and toothpaste. We answer questions about when to use toothpaste and picking the right kind for your child!

When is the best time to start using toothpaste with my child?

When your child is able to spit out toothpaste, around age 2, is the best time to start brushing with toothpaste. Toothpaste is a gel, paste or powder that helps to remove plaque that can form in the mouth. Plaque is the layer of bacteria that covers teeth and gums which can cause gum disease and tooth decay.

How can I get my child to use toothpaste?

Brushing the mouth of a young child can be frustrating, but you can teach the best ways to keep teeth healthy. Your child may not want to open their mouth or may not like the taste of the toothpaste. Finding the right toothpaste for your child is important just in case they end up swallowing most of the tube. Some children may learn to get comfortable using toothpaste while brushing after time. When young children first learn to brush they may swallow instead of spitting into the sink. Try to remain patient and practice brushing daily. Brushing teeth after meals is the best way to keep a healthy, happy smile!

How do I know which toothpaste is right for my child?

An easy way to know if toothpaste meets the ADA standard is to look for the seal on the tube. The ADA research shows that fluoride is a main ingredient. Toothpastes may also have flavoring agents, to make the paste taste good, detergents, which create foam, and mild abrasives, which remove stains on the teeth. Many kids like fruity flavors or bubble gum flavors in toothpaste. Some toothpaste brands have fun designs or cartoons on the tube just for kids!

Your child should enjoy the taste of toothpaste so that they will enjoy brushing. Finding the right toothpaste for your family will make brushing time fun. Brushing teeth after meals, flossing and visits to the dentist are important steps to keeping a healthy smile for a lifetime! For additional information, we have several FAQ’S that may help answer your oral health questions.

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